I discovered a fabulous article through Shelf Awareness titled 66 Bookstores on Route 66 by Paula Lane and Dasha Minyukova. In their article, Lane and Minyukova write:
It's arguably the most famous road in the world. Route 66 - just saying those words makes you want to hit the road. But did you know there are many wonderful used bookstores along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles? We have plotted the ultimate bibliophile's road trip where you can visit 66 bricks and mortar used bookstores - who all sell on the AbeBooks marketplace - while driving from the shores of Lake Michigan to the beaches of Santa Monica. We are talking about two thousand miles and hundreds of thousands of books. It's a booklover's paradise - and worth the trip for that alone. Some folks travel for culinary adventures, some travel for landmarks and museums, but bibliophiles travel for the finest in literary offerings. It's called Bookstore Tourism, and yes - there's a book about it.Click on the top link to see which 66 bookstores made the list.
The bookstores we've featured vary in size, and range from quintessential neighborhood used bookstores to specialists dedicated to subjects like children's books, history, mysteries, architecture, theology, alternative religions and cooking. Get your motor running, head out on the highway and discover some amazing used and rare bookshops in America's heartland.
Wow, Bookstore Tourism is my idea of a unique vacation!! Especially for book lovers like myself. I wonder if I could persuade my husband that this should be our next vacation/travel journey?? He loves books, bookstores and indulging me on my bookish related quests.... But a vacation around Bookstore Tourism, I'm not so sure he'd go for.
What do you think about the idea of Bookstore Tourism? Would you travel along Route 66 and visit several of the bookstores listed in the above article? I like the idea myself. Not only would I be able to visit several indie bookstores, but I also like the idea of leisurely driving across the USA and seeing the landscape that makes up our my great nation.
Additionally, I like the notion of stopping by and visiting various cities/towns along the way that I may never visit otherwise if I wasn't driving cross country. Of course, I wouldn't want to make the journey alone. It would be more fun to have someone like minded individual sharing the experience with me. I also wouldn't want to make the journey during the winter months either.
Until my next post, happy reading!!